Simon’s ‘marathon effort’ through the Wolds will raise cash in mum’s memory

A Louth man, who lost two family members to cancer last year, will be embarking on a fundraising marathon through the Lincolnshire Wolds in memory of his mum.

Simon Greenfield before his pink beard shave in November 2019­.

Simon Greenfield, who raised over £3,000 for Cancer Research UK after dying his beard pink and having it shaved off in November, will be taking on his homemade challenge on October 25.

The marathon will pass through several villages that were important to his mum, Susan Greenfield, who sadly died last September, almost one year on from her cancer diagnosis in October 2018.

Susan’s own mother and Simon’s grandmother, Joyce Hardy, was also diagnosed with cancer in October 2018 and died in February last year, on Susan’s final birthday.

Simon is geared up and ready to take on his toughest challenge yet.

Simon said: “My challenge is to run a marathon through the Lincolnshire Wolds, through places that meant things to my mum.

“I had never run before I started training in January with ‘Couch to 5k’. I am now up to 35km, and two-and-a-half stone lighter.”

Simon’s route will take him from Horncastle to Louth, via all of the following places:

• Horncastle - where Susan’s first job was at Gymflex, and where some members of her family live.

• West Ashby - the village where Susan was born, and where she lived until she married Simon’s dad. It is also where Susan is buried .

• Hemingby - where Simon’s mum and dad had their wedding reception, at the Coach and Horses pub.

• Goulceby - the village where Simon’s mum and dad lived for nearly 40 years .

• Donington on Bain - where some of Susan’s family live, and where she went to the shop regularly .

• Cadwell Park - where Simon’s mum and dad visited most weekends, to share their passion for motorbike racing.

• The marathon finishes in Louth, where Simon and his family lives, including Susan’s granddaughters who were ‘her world’ and her beloved auntie and uncle.

Simon will again be raising funds for Cancer Research UK, with over £560 raised towards his latest challenge at the time of going to press/

To find out more and make a donation, visit https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/simons-giving-page-508